When the Clarke Baptist Team left, Bro. Chris, Kim, Andrew, and Samuel stayed. We had a great week with the Bakers, just resting, hiking, shopping, and anything else we wanted to do!
Friday, July 5, 2013
July came in fast and furious. The end of June found us still waiting to hear if the team from Clarke County, AL would be able to work at the rodeo. We had not heard anything definite. On Friday, June 28, we got an email explaining what the rodeo association would like us to do. It was an answered prayer and, again, right on time. Lee met with our contact Saturday and got the full scoop. The Bakers arrived on Thursday, the Nelsons arrived on Saturday, and the Greens arrived on Sunday. While walking around town earlier in the week, Lee had noticed signs asking people in the community to come and help clean up downtown Monday morning before the parades and rodeo started on Tuesday. So after church on Sunday morning at the Rock in Laurel, we all got up early Monday morning with our Legacy t-shirts on, brooms and window cleaner in hand, and headed to Broadway (the main street in town). We worked from 8-10 helping get the streets and shops ready for the big holiday crowd. Broadway had been under construction ever since we moved in last month, so everything was dusty. The shop owners and people with the Chamber of Commerce were amazed that we would come down and help. It was a great first impression of Legacy of Faith with the town.
At 10, we went up to the rodeo arena. We helped hang banners around the arena and stuffed the programs for all three nights. We were told that what we helped with and were able to finish is about 3 hours normally took them all day. Many hands make light work!
The rodeo was July 2,3,and 4. Each day there is a parade downtown at noon. Some from the group helped each day with traffic control at the parade. Then we would be at the rodeo and hour before it started. Some would help in the concession stand, some would sell programs, and some would clean bathrooms. We all took turns helping in different areas, and everyone had a chance to watch the rodeo, too. The rodeo association members were so kind and generous. It was a great experience and we hope to be allowed to help out every year.
Clarke Baptist was a great group! The Lord really used them to minister here. They are welcome back anytime!
The first week of June we found ourselves in a new home with lots of boxes! We began to unpack and give away or burn all the boxes. (That was my request - we had kept boxes from previous moves and I was ready to be rid of boxes) The first part of the week, Maggie traveled to Churchill, MT for summer missionary orientation. She is working with the North American Mission Board this summer as a summer missionary in Red Lodge. So she enjoyed getting to meet other college students who will be working in the state this summer. The second week of June, we had been asked to help with the community Vacation Bible School in town. Maggie, Caroline, and I helped and Colleen and Abigail participated. It was a fun week of getting to know new people and enjoying VBS.